This Sunday we will have to decide whether or not we should hand out saltine crackers.
And we’ll be busy matching diaper bags with nametags and who is supposed to take a nap and whose hairclip got pulled out and which baby is the odor culprit and what toys were slobbered and need to be washed.
And there’s potential in there for us to be outnumbered. And out maneuvered. And there have definitely been Sundays when all I’ve wanted was– out.
But I never want to outgrow the nursery.
Because for me it’s bigger than just an hour or so of childcare that provides a way for moms and dads to worship God in church without interruptions (too many, that is, at least…).
The nursery is a place where lives and stages intermingle and it helps me remember what it was like to be a new mama with little ones. I’m so quick to forget the physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion of that stage. It also provides an opportunity for me to grow friendships with women from other stages of life. As we sit there in those rocking chairs, lulling little ones to sleep we swap windows. I get to see what it’s like to be a grandma, caring for grandchildren whose parents don’t know the Lord. Through someone else’s window I hear the heartache of a widow whose husband has only been gone a year and what it is like to live through that first Christmas season. A new mama shares the struggles of too-many-sleepless nights and an infant who won’t regain her birth weight. The view is expansive as I listen to a college-aged friend talking about the possibilities for her future and marriage dreams. And there is special kinship with the mom whose little five year old has just prayed to receive Christ.
Now, I’m not saying we all need to work in our church’s nursery.
In fact, that’s not the point at all.
But too often we miss out on the benefits of blended stages if we stick to our own specific age or stage group. In a society that tends to be transitional and scattered, where extended family is often distant (literally and relationally), there is an even greater need for those gaps to be filled within the church family. And God commands it–
“Older women…are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children.” ~Titus 2:3 & 4
So how can we do this? How can we encourage those Titus 2 connections?
Please join me over at The Better Mom, where I’m sharing 7 ways to encourage Titus 2 relationships…